Friday, January 29, 2010

Eat This, Not That
Loco moco. Sushi. Teriburger. Repeat.  

You may live in a melting pot. But lately, it seems like your plate’s always filled with the same old thing.  

Looks like you need a refresher course on the Islands’ amazing array of cuisines.  

Treat your palate to the best of what Honolulu has to offer with the Hole-in-the-Wall food tour, created by Matthew Gray, local food reviewer and former Honolulu Advertiser restaurant critic.  

Originally designed to give visitors a truly authentic taste of paradise (pineapple pizza be damned), the four-hour jaunt around town also serves as a delicious reminder to locals that they’re lucky they live, and eat, Hawai'i.  

From perfectly steamed manapua and hot Korean BBQ to the to-die-for coco puffs at Liliha Bakery and Leonard’s mouth-watering malasadas, the tour’s delectable lineup of 15 to 20 foods is designed around where Hawai'i’s top chefs like to eat on their days off.  

And Gray, whose resume includes a stint as a celebrity chef, more than just serves up the ono kine grinds, he also dishes out tidbits about the foods’ origins, history and role in local culture.     

It even includes a behind-the-scenes walking tour of Chinatown, unearthing little known dim sum and crack seed spots, a bustling marketplace, tropical fruit stands and more. Gray’s culinary connections grant him unfettered access that guidebook-wielding tourists and even in-the-know locals would never be privy to — like a back room visit to the Look Funn Noodle Factory and chats with shop owners. So it’s sure to satisfy even the pickiest foodie.  

Bringing whole new meaning to hitting the spot.    

Hawaii Food Tours’ Hole-in-the-Wall Tour, daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info, click here. To make a reservation, call 808.926.3663 or click here.  


Posted on Friday, January 29, 2010 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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